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Fees and funding opportunities

Click here to visit the Cardiff Met web pages which lists fees, equipment requirements and other charges for postgraduate programmes.

Funding for prospective research degree students

The majority of PhD studentships are self-funded or part funded by contributions from employers, however some funding is available to assist with the costs of postgraduate studies. Competition for funding is highly competitive and, in the case of full studentships or bursaries, applicants should start planning their application at least 6 months in advance of the deadline. Below is information on some funding sources for Postgraduate study in the fields of art, design and architecture.

Cardiff Met Doctoral Scholarships

Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) offers a number of doctoral scholarship schemes designed to offer opportunities for post graduate study in a range of disciplines. Doctorial scholarship schemes will be advertised via the link above as they occur.

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Collaborative Doctoral Awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-academic organisations and businesses, and provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand experience of work outside an academic environment. There have been many CDA awards made for collaborations with larger museums and organisations however the AHRC would like to encourage further proposals to work with businesses, regional museums, regional arts organisations and community groups. The AHRC aim to fund approximately 40 studentships per year via the CDA Open Call.

Pasold Research Fund PhD Bursaries for Textile History Applications are invited for PhD bursaries of up to £2,500 to support research in any area or period of textile history. The bursaries can be used for such purposes as subsidy for fees, conference attendance, securing visual materials, extra travel or research expenses or to support students when a dissertation is close to completion. Students starting their first year of their PhD are not eligible for these awards, and priority is given to those applications where it is demonstrated that the bursary will enable the student to complete a PhD. The Pasold Research Fund offers support for a maximum of two years.

British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG) The British Federation of Women Graduates scholarships are for women who will be in their final year of doctoral studies or part time equivalent at the time when the awards are given out (the autumn of each year). Six-eight awards are given annually on the basis of evidence of academic excellence. The amounts offered range upwards from £1000 with the average award being around £3000. There is a £20 administration fee for applying to this grant.

International Students

For any overseas students, your first port of call should be grant-awarding bodies in your own country (eg The Ministry/Department of Education) and your local (or nearest) office of the British Council ( The British Council manages a small number of international studentship grants in some countries and should be able to tell you what other awards may be available to you .

European Students

European Union (EU) citizens may qualify for a fees only award from UK Research Council studentships; living expenses are not included. The EU provides some grants to promote the exchange of students and academic staff within Europe, such as the SOCRATES and LEONARDO Programmes. The European Commission (EC) also makes some awards to students from developing countries. Contact the EC office in your own country or write to the European Commission, Directorate General III, Rue de la Loi 200, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium.

British Commonwealth Students Scholarships and fellowships are awarded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). Full scholarships enable Commonwealth students to study in other Commonwealth countries. Grants are for one to three years and usually cover the cost of travel, tuition fees and living expenses. In some cases, additional allowances may be available for help with books and clothes.

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